Former Barclays CEO and JP Morgan executive James Staley was accused on Monday of sexually assaulting a victim of Jeffrey Epstein at the infamous pedophile’s US Virgin Island retreat.
The accusation came as part of a ruling handed down by US District Judge Jed S. Rakoff in New York’s Southern District court denying attempts by numerous financial institutions, including JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank, to distance themselves from the Epstein case.
According to the filing, Staley allegedly “used aggressive force in his sexual assault of [anonymous victim ‘JPM Jane Doe’] and informed [her] that he had Epstein’s permission to do what he wanted to her.”
The ruling gave numerous other women a chance to have their claims heard by the court, as well as those brought against JP Morgan by the US Virgin Islands.
“The claim of the plaintiff the Government of the United States Virgin Islands that defendant JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. knowingly benefited from participating in a sex-trafficking venture … remains as part of the case,” Rakoff wrote.
The aforementioned financial institutions were accused of having “knowingly benefited from participating in a sex-trafficking venture.” Between 2000 and 2019, Staley served as private banking chief of JP Morgan, and routinely communicated with Epstein.
Investigators discovered over 1,000 emails the two men sent to one another between 2008 and 2012, including some alleged to have contained pornographic images of young women. Staley also visited Epstein’s island, however, the exact amount of time he spent there has not been revealed.
Staley’s lawyer, Brendan Sullivan, called the allegations against his client “slanderous,” and warned that “the potential damages are astronomical.”
In April, it was revealed that numerous JP Morgan executives met with Epstein after 2013, contradicting the bank’s claims that it closed his account after he was convicted of being a sex offender.
As a result, a number of executives are now scheduled to testify in court about what they really knew.